Game Preview: Drew Lock hopes to cap big year with Texas Bowl win for Tigers

2017 Academy Sports + Outdoors Texas Bowl
Texas Longhorns vs. Mizzou Tigers

Wed. Dec. 27 7 p.m. on ESPN (Central Time)

The Mizzou Tigers will be heading to Houston Texas to face the University of Texas in the Texas Bowl. 

"On behalf of the University of Missouri, Chancellor Cartwright, Coach Odom and our student-athletes, we are honored to accept an invitation to participate in the 2017 Texas Bowl," said Mizzou Director of Athletics Jim Sterk when they got the bid. "We are excited about playing in Houston, an area which we recruit, and look forward to Mizzou fans turning out to cheer on the Tigers against Texas."

Fans who take the holiday trek will be excited  about being in Houston. If you are wondering if you could drive, it's just under 13 hours- 818.7 miles from Columbia, Mo.

Houston is popular for Tex-mex cuisine, but they have a lot of variety since they are a hub for different ethnic groups. Mediterranean food, Chinese, Indian food are all popular. 

There are  tours to see the Port of Houston since its number two port in the U.S.  There is a lot to see in Houston including the  San Jacinto monument. Ellington field close to Nasa has a new military Air Force museum.. Kemal has the Kemal boardwalk which has all kinds of sights by the bay. The Galleria is where most recomend for shopping.

Mizzou is allotted 8,000 tickets for the 2017 Texas Bowl. The tickets, which are priced at $125 (300 Club Level) or $85 (100 Lower Level), may be purchased online at Tickets can also be purchased by calling the MU Athletic Ticket Office (1-800-CAT-PAWS) or in person at the Mizzou Arena box office from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. TSF members and season ticket holders must place their orders by Wednesday, Dec. 6, at Noon, to receive priority. To order the Mizzou tickets online:

To get tickets:

If you have made the decision to go to Houston, you will want to know what all there is to do, both surrounding the game and general sight-seeing..

Bowl Bash

As with all college bowl games, there is a lot of hoopla and for this bowl there is the Bowl Bash.

Bowl Bash will pit Longhorns and Tigers fans against one another to find out who has the best fans in college football! Fans will converge on local bars in Midtown, Houston to compete in contests and giveaways while meeting Gridiron Legends, Team Mascots, Cheerleaders and more! At the end of the night, whichever teams have the most fans in attendance will be crowned the Bowl Bash Champions!
When: Tuesday, December 26 | 6pm-12am
Where: Midtown, Houston | Schedule to follow

What: Kick off the 2017 Bowl Week right with Texas Country legend Robert Earl Keen at the House of Blues! Don’t miss out on one of Texas Music’s most entertaining shows and a great way to get your trip to Houston off and running ahead of the Academy Sports + Outdoors Texas Bowl.

TexFest- The Official Pre-Game Party

What: TexFest is the Academy Sports + Outdoors Texas Bowl’s official pre-game party featuring live entertainment on the Bud Light Stage, food, family activities and partner booths. Featured performances from The Texas Longhorn and Missouri Tiger band and cheerleading squad will build to the team entries into the stadium prior to the game. This year will feature another exciting concert by a Bud Light Texas Country Artist! Come out early and be a part of the biggest pregame party in Texas!

When: Wednesday, December 27th | 4pm-8pm

Where: Gravel Lot (Southeast side of NRG Stadium outside of Bud Light Plaza)

Houston Visitors Center
The Visitor Information Center is located inside LAUNCH, a designer pop-up shop that showcases Houston's thriving design and fashion community. The store is just steps away from hotels, restaurants, shopping and other major attractions. They can help you plan a memorable and enjoyable visit. For Mizzou fans traveling to Houston, most of your time might be spent with events surrounding the games but there's one place you should include.

“You can't miss Space Center Houston, especially with the new international landmark Independence Plaza,” said Ana Mae Holmes of “It's the only shuttle replica mounted on a shuttle carrier aircraft, and the only place where visitors can enter both vehicles.” 

Space Center Houston, the Official Visitor Center of NASA Johnson Space Center, is Houston’s No. 1 attraction for international visitors and the only Smithsonian Affiliate in the greater Houston area. With more than 400 space artifacts including flown spacecraft, the largest collection of moon rocks on public display and at least three major exhibits a year, Space Center Houston offers an array of exciting attractions for people of all ages.

America's fourth-largest city is a cosmopolitan destination, filled with world-class dining, arts, hotels, shopping and nightlife. Take a stroll through the historic Heights, spend the day exploring the Museum District or head down to Space Center Houston. Later on, grab a bite in one of dozens of award-winning restaurants, or hang out with the cool kids on Washington Avenue. There's always something to do in this Southern hospitality meets urban chic city.


“Their Museum District is a great place to spend the day with plenty of restaurants and 19 institutions all within walking distance,” said Holmes. “Also, Discovery Green Park is a great place to see art installations, have a picnic and take in the downtown views.”

As mentioned earlier, Houson is  known for their diverse culture and cuisine. Here's a list of suggested restaurants to try:

• Korea Garden
• Pondicheri
• The Breakfast Club
• North Italia
• Biggio's if you're looking for a great sports bar!
If you have time for some live music, check out White Oak Music Hall or McGonigel's Mucky Duck.

Kemah Boardwalk

The Kemah Boardwalk is open daily providing fun for everyone. Located just 20 miles from downtown Houston, the Kemah Boardwalk is home to fabulous waterfront restaurants, amusements, charming retail stores, festivals and seaside shows every day.

Allen’s Landing

Often described as “Houston’s heart” and Houston's “Plymouth Rock,” Allen’s Landing is an area that truly defines Houston. It was here in 1836 that August C. and John K. Allen stepped ashore and claimed Houston as their own. The confluence of Buffalo and White Oak bayous also became Houston’s first port and a thriving commercial hub.

Holiday Events Going on in Houston During Texas Bowl Week

Christmas Village at Bayou Bend:.

Area of Town: Memorial Park/Washington Corridor
Child Admission: $10
Just in time for the holidays, Santa and his reindeer visit Bayou Bend for 12 evenings of festive fun this December. During “Christmas Village at Bayou Bend,” Ima Hogg’s former home is decked out with merry decorations, a trail of sparkling lights, animated projections, and performances. Get in the holiday spirit with carolers, a faux-snowball play area, and a handcrafted model train.

Festival of Lights
This holiday season Moody Gardens hosts the Gulf Coast's largest holiday lighting event features a 100-foot slide, ice skating, and a mile-long trail of more than a million lights and 100 sound-enhanced animated displays sparkling over the beautiful Galveston Bay.

Zoo Lights
The Houston Zoo transforms into a winter wonderland, filled with brilliant displays of colorful lights and festive holiday music. Sip hot chocolate as you stroll through the zoo and take in all the awe-inspiring sights, including thousands of twinkling lights adorning the magnificent live oak trees, whimsical colorful projections, and life-size animated animal sculptures.

Magical Winter Lights
The 2017 Magical Winter Lights will return to Houston at Gulf Greyhound Park this winter from November 10, 2017 to January 2, 2018. The 52-day festival is the largest holiday light festival in Houston, and the largest lantern festival of its kind to ever take place in the U.S.

About Mizzou in the Texas Bowl

Mizzou, 7-5 on the season and winners of six-straight, will face former Big 12 Conference opponent Texas (6-6) when the nationally televised (ESPN) Texas Bowl kicks off. Both teams will be playing in the Texas Bowl for the second time in their respective histories, with Mizzou dropping a 35-13 decision to Navy in the 2009 game and Texas losing to Arkansas, 31-7, in 2014.

"I am so proud of our players and coaches for staying together and closing the 2017 season with six-straight wins to become bowl-eligible, and we look forward to playing Texas in Houston," said Mizzou Head Coach Barry Odom. "We're fortunate to have the opportunity to play a Big 12 opponent in a great NFL stadium like NRG Field."

A win over the Longhorns would be historic for Mizzou, as the 2017 Tigers would become just the second team in college football history (Rutgers, 2008) to register eight victories after starting the season 1-5. Since its 1-5 start Mizzou has ran off six-straight wins by an average margin of 30.0 points while scoring 45 or more points in each game for the first time in program history.

Mizzou and Texas will be meeting on the gridiron for the 24th time, with Texas holding a 17-6 advantage in the series. The Tigers won the last meeting between the programs, 17-5, at Columbia in 2011, which was Mizzou's final Big 12 season before joining the SEC.

Entering its 12th year, the Texas Bowl is owned and operated by ESPN Events, a division of ESPN, and managed locally by Lone Star Sports & Entertainment, an event management company founded in 2003 that is closely related with the NFL's Houston Texans. The Texas Bowl has ranked fourth in bowl game attendance since 2014, averaging over 70,000 fans and trailing only the Rose, Cotton and Peach Bowls in that span. The Bowl's official charitable beneficiary is DePelchin Children's Center.